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let there be light

by Dave Skitt let there be light Let there be light! And it was good. You may believe from the title that I will be writing about the beginning of the universe, some formula for the speed of light or … Continue reading

Posted in June 2018, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Winter use of the observatory

by Dave and Jennifer Skitt The cold weather has set in but that doesn’t mean the observatory can’t be used to catch that elusive asteroid or your favorite winter galaxy or star cluster. Here are a few considerations to keep … Continue reading

Posted in January 2018, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Hastings-Byrne Refractor Update

by Dave Skitt AAAP member Tom Swords, in consultation with John Church and with my assistance, is currently working to improve the connection of the focuser for the Hastings-Byrne refractor to the tube assembly. We have become aware that the … Continue reading

Posted in January 2018, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

There’s a Star Gazing App for That

by Dave Skitt While training new keyholders, I am often asked to provide the names for the various astronomy related apps that I use or am familiar with. Below are the apps I have on either my iPhone 7 or … Continue reading

Posted in March 2017, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

End of an era; potential new beginnings…

by Dave Skitt It was a gloomy day on January 21, 2017, when Bill Murray, my wife, Jennifer, and I, made a trip up to AAAP’s former observatory within the UACNJ consortium of observatories in Jenny Jump State Forest. Yes, … Continue reading

Posted in February 2017, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Solar filter crafted for historic telescope

by Dave Skitt In early 2016, knowledge of the approaching May 9th Mercury transit and the absence of a suitable solar filter for our club’s historic, 6¼-inch Hastings-Byrne refractor, prompted me, as observatory co-chair, to look for a solution. Protruding … Continue reading

Posted in February 2017, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Adirondack Astrophotography Workshop

by David Skitt Last week, Jennifer and I had the opportunity to visit the Adirondack Public Observatory in Tupper Lake, NY for a daytime tour.  Their mission is “to provide quality educational experiences for people of all ages through the … Continue reading

Posted in August 2015, Sidereal Times | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Observatory Update

by David Skitt, Observatory Co-Chair The pulley system for opening the flap has been replaced and improved which significantly reduces the effort required to open the flap to the highest position needed to clear the telescopes. And, thanks to Gene … Continue reading

Posted in May 2015, Sidereal Times | Tagged , | Leave a comment

From the Observatory Co-Chairs

by David Skitt, Observatory Co-Chair The Hasting-Byrne refractor has been successfully mounted to the “new” Paramount ME mount and the existing cast iron pier! The roll-off roof clears the mount with just over an inch to spare. Keyholders, please be … Continue reading

Posted in April 2015 | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

News Flash!!

by John A. Church Here is a news flash, hot off the wires! On Saturday April 26, Rex Parker, Jeff Bernardis, Dave Skitt and the writer successfully replaced the existing Paramount mount on the Hasting-Byrne refractor at Washington Crossing with … Continue reading

Posted in May 2014, Sidereal Times | Tagged , , | Leave a comment